We’ve all heard the old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Though speaking of interpersonal meetings, the same could easily be said for the impression of anyone entering your office for the first time: a good experience will associate positive emotions.
First impressions count!
Carefully craft this area to be functional, professional and stylish. Various design elements such as color, materials, layout and branding can make a statement about the values of your company. Ensure that your reception area sends the right message by taking the time to thoroughly plan each detail of this important aspect of your office space.
Take a fresh look!
When we are in the same environment each day, it’s easy to overlook things that may stick out like a dead plant to someone new who walks into your office for the first time. Enter the front door of your office and look around to see what you can visibly see from the doorway of your office. Ask yourself:
- Is confidential information exposed on desktops?
- Are the desks or workstations cluttered?
- Does it feel clean, warm, friendly, inviting, and professional?
- Are empty boxes cluttering open areas?
- Are the lights on?
With each new visitor, your company is evaluated on its appearance. These first impressions can be nearly impossible to reverse or undo, making those first encounters extremely important, for they set the tone for all the relationships that follows so make the impression a good one.